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A View from the Other Side: Ideological Purity and Trump

 

I started a new job last week with a large non-profit focused on a specific disease prevention, treatment, research, and cure. I now work from home, but was in the corporate headquarters earlier this week. Much like the government and academia, there is an implicit assumption there that anyone who is educated and cares about people is politically liberal. This always leads to little insights into how the non-fringe, non-activist wing of the other side thinks.

Here are a few snippets to mull over.

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One of the things about Trump that hasn’t gotten much attention is the state of his health. I have begun to wonder whether Trump’s litany of zany, illogical, contradictory, and often provably-wrong statements of late are a warning sign that he is beginning the slide into that terrible, degenerative, incurable disease: Alzheimer’s. The conventional wisdom […]

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ICYMI: The Economy Was Just Restructured

 

capital buildingIn recent years the iconic Capitol building has been draped in scaffolding due to a needed restoration, the first improvements since 1959-1960 to the symbol of American democracy. From afar the dome has always appeared to be a brilliant beacon conveying American exceptionalism. On a closer look, behind the countless coats of paint and patchwork, the age and weather have taken its toll. The repairs to preserve the dome will allow the Capitol to continue to shine for future generations.

For denizens of and visitors to Washington, DC, or news junkies who see the scaffolding in the digital backgrounds of daily newscasts, it’s a stark visual reminder that America itself is under reconstruction. The national “restoration” project is now in its seventh year. The steward of America’s reconstruction is perhaps the most successful President we’ve seen in our lifetimes, if you define success as achieving an agenda.

Historically, the final two years of a two-term Presidency have been the least effective time, filled with scandals and voter apathy. The “lame duck” is simply a placeholder while the country moves its attention to his replacement in the oval office. For this reason, lame ducks can be dangerous. They are old news. The press focuses on shinier, red-hat covered wayward tresses.

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The jumping off point as Found on Town Hall Dot Com…  Even if it were necessary to revise the 14th Amendment, it is sheer Progressive era dogma that Constitutional Amendments are nearly impossible to revise, repeal or create. There were four new Constitutional Amendments added in just eight years, during the height of the Progressive era in […]

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It is quite something to watch as Trump wipes out the relevance of the other Republican candidates. While effective media usage is considered a campaign critical success factor by any candidate, the rest of the field seems unable to compete with Trump at this level. Having gone through the list of reasons generally cited by […]

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Party leadership in VA, NC and SC are said to be considering a rule that a candidate must take the pledge to support the party nominee in order to appear on their primary ballot.  Since the only one of the 17 who can mount a third party challenge is Trump, those rules are very obviously […]

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How Will Trump Affect a Vulnerable GOP Senate?

 

TrumpLet’s imagine for a moment that Harry Reid lost his 2010 reelection bid. He wouldn’t have been the Majority Leader who effectively dismantled the US Senate. He couldn’t have protected the boundary-breaking Obama Administration. He wouldn’t have enabled Obama’s agenda, nor could he have shielded the President from dangerous bills that would have forced White House vetoes, humiliating Democrats. Obama would have been hamstrung, unable to fulfill his campaign promise to fundamentally transform the United States.

Maddeningly, Harry Reid was very beatable in 2010. Nevadans disdain Reid, a backwater politico who used his elected offices to gorge on the taxpayer teat, enriching himself and his family. Nevada’s conservative primary voters elected Tea Party darling Sharron Angle to run against the highly unpopular Reid. Barely known beyond Silver State political circles, Angle was a disastrous candidate and the best thing to happen to MSNBC since the divine comedy of Keith Olbermann.

Angle’s daily “misstatements” were stunning, if only for her total lack of media savvy. For example, she intimated that “Second Amendment remedies” might ensue if “Congress keeps going the way it is.” The comment, worthy of a drunken redneck bar rant, was chopped, spliced, and replayed ad nauseam every night in the mainstream media. Giddy journalists reprinted her bipolar ramblings with glee.

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In some crowds, the way to get credibility is to find the biggest toughest guy in the room and take him down. Attacking Trump’s intelligence, sanity or conservatism will get you nowhere.  Nor will calling him rude or “boorish.”  How about that haymaker of them all?  “Trumps policies are ill-conceived.”  Yeah, right. Preview Open

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There are of course several ways of looking at this: here is one. Donald Trump serves the conservative base and works against the GOP by pushing a major milestone further down the road than they would like.  Recalling that a milestone is a set of conditions, not a date, the milestone is for enough of […]

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Mitch McConnell, the Corker Bill, and the Secret to Trump’s Success — Revealed

 

McConnell, flanked by Corker, Barrasso and Thune, holds a news conference after the weekly Senate Republican policy luncheon at the U.S. Capitol in WashingtonAce of Spades points out a GOP pattern: They construct a compromise with the White House that gives Obama all the power he requests and then pretend to vote against it, so that “they can then they go home to their districts and states and say ‘we did everything we could to stop him, but by jiminy, we just couldn’t manage it.'”

Do you remember how Mitch McConnell schemed to increase the debt limit, while suckering conservatives with a claim that conservatives voted against it?

The scheme worked like this: Congress authorized the president to increase the debt limit on his authority. (Actually, we’re already at the stage of falsehood, because he wouldn’t be raising the debt limit on his own authority, but with the authority Congress had just voted him.)

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I don't care if @realDonaldTrump wants to perform abortions in White House after this immigration policy paper. http://t.co/l7nq8gN7i5 — Ann Coulter (@AnnCoulter) August 16, 2015 And the rest of the party is bending over backwards to avoid offending the Trumpsters. Preview Open

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I’ve recently come to a claim that Trump’s poll numbers are mostly explainable as in a king of the hill episode. The irony is that the character is not athletic, at all.  One episode was where Bobby hill was placed on the track and field team as a punishment for the rest. Every time the […]

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If you were wondering why Brett Baier and Megan Kelly did all they could to kneecap Trump last night, maybe this news will help to explain it. “According to Federal Election Commission and Center for Responsive Politics data, 21st Century Fox News Corp. has donated more than $3 million to Clinton family accounts. Overall, this […]

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So this week my Casper mattress that I purchased at the behest of all of the podcasts I listen to advertising for them arrived today (yes, I did use the coupon code) via UPS. This is the second mattress purchase I’ve made since moving out of my mother’s house in 2008 after graduating college. You […]

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I have been discovering the joys of arguing with folks who cannot or will not concede that Trump’s supporters–how you say–have their heads turned.  And then this morning I cracked up when I discovered that conspiracy theorist Jesse Ventura is letting it be known that he would accept being Trump’s VP, if asked. Endorsements from […]

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